Category Archives: STEM/STEAM

STEAM programming in Acton-Agua Dulce and Moose Jaw

Maker programming is a large trend in public libraries throughout North America. By researching kit options and planning for added costs, public libraries can develop successful steam programming. Moose Jaw Public Library has invested in a number of Maker programming … Continue reading

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52 Weeks of Stem at Your Library

I am really enjoying my first #PLA2016 conference. Today I attended “52 Weeks of STEM at Your Library”presented by The Heathers (Heather Love Beverly and Heather Thompson) of Cook Memorial Public Library District. As Teresa mentioned, they have a great … Continue reading

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#pla2016 Stem at your Library

We made catapults during Heather Love Beverley and Heather Thompson’s presentation, 52 Weeks of STEM at Your Library, this morning. They shared their excitement, enthusiasm, encouragement, and ideas. Visit their webpage,, for ideas, materials, and links.

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Fingerprints and Forensics with First-graders

Did you know with a few simple, inexpensive materials and some creativity you can create your own forensics lab for early elementary kiddos? You can! I lead a STEAM focused program at my library for first, second and third graders entitled … Continue reading

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I’m Saying It: Down with Summer Reading Club

OK, not totally down with it, but now that I have your attention…  see, at my library, we’re looking hard at what our SRC has become and asking ourselves what we really want for the kids in our community over … Continue reading

Posted in Blogger Kelley Beeson, Digital World, STEM/STEAM, Summer Reading | 10 Comments

One More Week to Sign Up for ALSC Online Courses

We’re heading into the final days of 2015 and it’s also the the final days before the next semester of ALSC online courses! With topics like school/library collaboration, STEM programming, and the Sibert Medal, you can bring new ideas into … Continue reading

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Visit the Science Playground

Last month during our students’ Fall Break, I offered a STEM program that was easy to prep, easy to staff, and cost us nothing! We held a drop-in Science Playground where I put out all kinds of science materials and … Continue reading

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Fall programming for kindergarteners to tweens!

Building a Mystery (not the Sarah McLachlan song) Have you ever attended one of those murder mystery programs for adults? Now you can make one for your tweens and teens at the library. To run a good murder mystery program … Continue reading

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